At the Korea Open BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament in Incheon, Parupalli Kashyap was the lone Indian to move on to the quarter-finals round on Thursday. PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth exited early on Wednesday. Nehwal and Praneeth retired due to medical reasons.
Kashyap, who was the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, beat qualifier Lu Chia Hung from Chinese Taipei (21-16, 21-16) and advanced to the second round. He then defeated Daren Liew from Malaysia, moving on to the quarter-finals (21-17, 11-21, 21-12). Kashyap is currently ranked 30th, while Liew is ranked three places below him. Kashyap and Liew’s last match was back in 2014 for the Glasgow CWG quarter-final. The men's singles semi-finals are on Friday, September 27, 2019.
World champion PV Sindhu gave her best against USA’s Beiwen Zhang 7-21, 24-22, 21-15 in 57 minutes. This was her second early exit after losing to Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand in the China Open last week. In 2017, Sindhu had bagged the Korea Open title. Sindhu will now participate in the Denmark Open World Tour Super 750 at Odense in October.
Sai Praneeth, who is India’s first male World Championships bronze medallist since 1983, had to withdraw early due to a twisted ankle. Praneeth was trailing 9-21 7-11 against Anders Antonsen before retiring. As his ankle twist is not serious, reports suggest that Praneeth will be ready to play in the Denmark Open and French Open in October.
Currently ranked eighth, Saina Nehwal had a stomach ache during her first round, before she conceded the match to Kim Ga Eun of Korea. According to her husband, Saina was suffering from stomach aches for some time. As she was without energy for her third round, she decided to withdraw from the match.